AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol: Match schedule and details

The much anticipated five game match between Lee Sedol and Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo begins this week, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Lee Sedol (left) and Demis Hassabis `high five' on screen at the AlphaGo press conference.

Lee Sedol (left) and Demis Hassabis `high five’ on screen at the AlphaGo press conference.

The games will be played in Seoul, Korea, so the official times and dates are based on Korean time.

Each game starts at 1:00 PM Seoul time.

This means that if you live on the American continent, the games will begin in the evening on the previous day.

Details and timezone conversions are provided below. Here’s the schedule:

AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol schedule

  • Wednesday, March 9 (Tuesday, March 8 for American viewers)
  • Thursday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 12
  • Sunday, March 13
  • Tuesday, March 15

What time?

The games start at the same time on every match day, which as mentioned above is 1:00 PM Seoul time. In other timezones that’s:

  • 8:00 PM on the previous day, US Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles)
  • 11:00 PM on the previous day, US Eastern Standard Time (New York)
  • 4:00 AM, Coordinated Universal Time (GMT, London)
  • 5:00 AM, Central European Time (Berlin)
  • 12:00 PM, China Standard Time (Beijing)
  • 3:00 PM, Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Sydney).

Where to watch?

DeepMind will be streaming the games live on their Youtube channel.

Go Game Guru will host discussions for each game as it happens.

Here’s the link for game 5.

The commentators on the video will be Michael Redmond 9p and Chris Garlock from the AGA E-Journal.

Updates will be posted at DeepMind AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol regularly.

Rules of the game

Chinese rules will be used throughout the match.

The players will have 2 hours main time and 3×1 minute byo-yomi each.

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  1. AnthonyC says:

    Game 1 is going to set the tone for the rest of the series; hopefully won’t be lopsided!

    • David Ormerod says:

      AlphaGo is pretty amazing, but I can’t help hoping Lee scores a win for humanity 🙂

  2. RandomGuy says:
  3. It’s time for Broken Ladder 2.0.

  4. Scott Simpson says:

    I am waiting in anticipation for this potentially historic event.

  5. Edwin Berlin says:

    Will the game records be available? Maybe here
    would be a good place.

  6. Will all 5 games be played if AlphaGo wins the first 3?

  7. Can alphaGo updating if is playing with Lee?

  8. Yes. that’s what Michael 9p said today in the commentary

  9. When one computer “plays” against one person, the truth is, it is the combination of all those people, maybe hundreds of people who developed the computers moves against one person. The truth is the computer is teaching the single player to become a more informed and capable player while without it’s hundreds of people in putting, the human will become more competitive as we humans have become for the last couple million years. Ray Wallace

    • Anonymous says:

      If you include all the people that have been working on the program to “Teach it” why not including all the people who taught the human? Train him? Or maybe his/her parents that created him/her?

      I don’t understand why the computer would be hundred of people and not just what it is, a computer?